Dec. 8, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Ct. – Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the foundation announced Thursday during the ESPN College Football Awards Show.
RG3 is the first Baylor player named a Walter Camp All-American since punter Daniel Sepulveda in 2006 and the second Bear honored by Walter Camp since Santana Dotson in 1991.
The only previous Baylor offensive players to earn Walter Camp All-America honors were guard Bill Glass in 1956 and receiver Lawrence Elkins in 1963 and 1964. Defenders Mike Singletary (1979, 1980), Van McElroy (1981), Thomas Everett (1986) and Dotson (1991) join Sepulveda as Baylor’s other honorees.
RG3, a Heisman Trophy finalist from Copperas Cove, Texas, leads the nation with a 192.31 passing efficiency and 22.67 points responsibility per game. He ranks second nationally with 386.83 total offense yards per game and fourth with 36 passing touchdowns. In addition to a school-record 3,998 passing yards, RG3 has rushed for 644 yards and nine touchdowns.
Griffin III was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and Big 12 coaches. He is averaging 36.6 yards on his 36 passing touchdowns this season, and is on pace to break the NCAA single-season pass efficiency record, set by Hawai’i quarterback Colt Brennan in 2006 (186.0).
RG3 has led Baylor to its first nine-win season since 1986 and its second consecutive bowl appearance for the first time since 1991-92. The Bears have a shot at reaching 10 wins for the second time in program history – Baylor went 10-2 and won the Southwest Conference in 1980.
The Bears’ current five-game winning streak is their longest since starting the 1991 season 5-0, and their six Big 12 wins this season are two more than the previous school record set with four wins a year ago. Baylor has scored 40 or more points in 8 of 12 games this season and is a perfect 8-0 in those games.
RG3 has been named Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week a school-record three times this season – after leading the Bears to wins over then-No. 14 TCU, then-No. 5 Oklahoma and then-No. 22 Texas. He’s also earned five of 14 Capital One Impact Performer of the Week awards, and he’s the first Baylor player ever to be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation.
No. 12 Baylor (9-3, 6-3) closes out the 2011 season by taking on Washington (7-5, 5-4) in the Valero Alamo Bowl at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Baylor has sold out its allotment of tickets for the game, but tickets can still be purchased through www.alamobowl.com. For more information on Baylor and the Valero Alamo Bowl, visit www.baylorbears.com/bowlcentral.
Baylor’s Walter Camp Football Foundation All-Americans
Bill Glass, OG, 1956
Lawrence Elkins, E, 1963
Lawrence Elkins, E, 1964
Mike Singletary, LB, 1979
Mike Singletary, LB, 1980
Van McElroy, FS, 1981
Thomas Everett, FS, 1986
Santana Dotson, DT, 1991
Daniel Sepulveda, P, 2006
Robert Griffin III, QB, 2011